Meet the faculty for our 3-day Intro to the Pikler® Pedagogy

Elsa Chahin – An in demand speaker, writer, teacher and infant-toddler consultant, Elsa Chahin has served as a keynote speaker and presenter at over 80 national and international conferences and seminars on the topic of caring for babies with respect; and has recently co-authored In Loving Hands with Anna Tardos.

Elsa ChahinOne of only two certified and accredited Pikler® Trainers in North America, Ms. Chahin is currently President of the internationally renown non-profit corporation, Pikler/Lóczy USA. With extensive training in the field, Ms. Chahin, is a gifted facilitator that brings her expertise in her consulting and advisory positions to new parents and professionals.

A staunch advocate of early childhood education and development, Ms. Chahin, a working group leader for Word Forum Foundation, RIE® Associate, and PITC trainer, is that rare leader who not only brings passion and commitment to her work, but a deep knowledge coupled with both insight and generosity.

Beverly Kovach, MN – Mrs. Kovach began her early childhood profession upon founding Little Learners Lodge in 1977. She eventually transitioned from her family therapy work to train and consult with early childhood centers full time. Beverly currently serves as Vice President of Pikler/Lóczy USA and as a certified Pikler® trainer, is endorsed by Anna Tardos to train in the Piklerain pedagoghy.

Mrs. Kovach, who also serves as mentor trainer for Resources for Infant Educarers® (RIE) Associate and Montessori (0-3), has authored several books relating to infant and toddler care including, Being With Babies, and Being With Babies And Toddlers; as well as a newly-released video series.. Her specialty involves consulting and mentoring Infant and Toddler caregivers who work in centers.

Susan Patrick, PhD – Dr. Patrick serves as treasurer of Pikler/ Lóczy USA and is the coauthor of, Being with Infants and Toddlers: A Curriculum that Works for Caregivers. Dr. Patrick is an assistant professor at Northeastern State University and is the lead faculty for a recently initiated Early Care – Birth to Three Bachelor’s Degree Program.

She teaches undergraduate courses related to early care and development and maintains a research focus on the relationships and organizational structures that best support the caregivers of infants and toddlers. Dr. Patrick lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma and enjoys collaborating with others who are inspired by the Pikler® approach.